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Places for resting and recharging for the New Year

Rejuvenation, rebirth or simply, nice hangover remedies — to clear the slate and make a fresh start for 2017.

The New Year offers an opportunity to reboot after all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays. From a simple nap and salt therapy to a near death experience, these places can provide a sense of rejuvenation, rebirth or simply, nice hangover remedies.

Dialogue in the Dark

Dialogue in the Dark (located in Bukchon) is an awareness raising exhibition. It was created in 1988 by Andreas Heinecke as a result of a life-long search for answers to the question, “On what ground do we judge people and feel inferior or superior?” Once inside, you will be stripped of all possible lighting devices (phones, watches, etc.) and will be ‘blind’ for 100 minutes. You will listen to the directions of the ‘road master’ and utilize a white cane to navigate rooms of different themes; leaves, forest, using wind to rotate a sailboat in the right direction, matching smell and touch with places and objects, etc. Dialogue in the Dark isn’t just about being blind; it’s an experience that will indulge yourself in all your other senses. For safety issues, only visitors between the age of 9 to 70 are allowed, with a recommended consultation for those who suffer from claustrophobia. You must make a reservation before (required for English tours) with a group limit of 8 people. “Switch off the sight, Switch on the insight” at Dialogue in the Dark.

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naZzzam Café

Ever imagined an opportunity for an actual siesta in Seoul? For those who are visiting Bukchon (or better yet, those who work in the area), naZzzam Café is the perfect destination to take a nap, rest your legs  or cure a hangover. How it works at the entrance might be a little confusing, but all you need to do is take off your shoes, place them in a provided sack, slip on one of the comfortable slippers provided and head on in...

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Jongno-gu

Salt Cave Healing Center

It might feel a little random to find this small oasis of tranquility amongst Namdaemun’s chaos, but the Salt Cave Healing Center is indeed located as soon as you come out of Hoehyeon Station’s exit 3. The center has been in service for 4 years now, and most visitors come for therapy usually during lunch time; there are almost no visitors after 5pm...

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Jung-gu

Seoul's “bizarre” death experience

Though I knew that my picture would be taken, I didn’t wear any makeup as I expected tears and thought that the experience would be as strange as it would be cathartic. Growing up as a pastor’s daughter, both terrified and in awe of God, the most defiant thoughts I ever had in times of hardship were ones of suicide—the “one sin that can’t be forgiven.” ...

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By: Hahna Yoon

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